About Our Potato Peel Collection

About Our Potato Peel Collection

About our Potato Peel Collection – first created in 2011

From Livinglife Article by Caroline Mauger, 2012

Guernsey Pie inspired jewellery designer Athene Sholl to create a stunning range of hand-made earrings and necklaces. Athene adored the book and decided to have a go at making a potato peel pie; when she looked at the peelings, it struck her that they would look amazing recreated in silver.

A few months before the Literary festival, she went to the ‘We’ve Got it Covered’ exhibition at the Greenhouse, which displayed dust jackets of the novel sourced from around the world. Whilst chatting to some of the Arts Development team, the conversation turned to Athene’s jewellery and before she knew it, the members of the Festival Committee were interested in seeing some pieces!

potato peel pearl drop earrings
potato peel pearl pendant

Athene began to photograph potato peelings and sketch their shapes, then beat and manipulated the silver until it took on the texture and look of real peelings. She then developed her idea further to produce versions which were aesthetically pleasing, but more stylised. Athene uses potato pearls in many of her designs; these do not have the uniform shape of regular pearls and they really do resemble miniature potatoes. They can be any colour but Athene’s favourite is grey as it’s less obvious than brown = and it goes with everything’.

Potato Peel Pie Jewellery

When Athene showed her work to the Literary Festival organisers they were delighted. But one of the members raised the issue of copyright, something the designer had not considered as her work is usually commissioned. After seeking legal advice she decided to bite the bullet and contact Annie Barrows directly. Annie was charmed by the idea and was happy to give Athene’s work her official approval. As a thank you, Athene gave Annie a beautiful pair of earrings when she visited Guernsey.

Of Athene’s designs, Annie says, ‘I think they are lovely – she has created a subtle and elegant interpretation of the book’s theme’s’. Athene could now go down the route of mass production but she wants to continue making her jewellery by hand. ‘Every single piece is individual’ she adds.

Grey Colour Theory Necklace 2020

Grey Colour Theory Necklace 2020

This necklace is inspired by the colour theory essay “Grey” which you can read here.

Grey Labradorite Necklace

This lovely necklace is made from 5 gorgeous slabs of labradorite together with lovely little labradorite beads, both faceted and polished.

Labradorite has fantastic reflective qualities which lights up and sparkles. This necklace is so much more than just a grey necklace – it’s just so reflective and bright.

This necklace is 21 inches long and fastens with a handmade sterling silver clasp.

This necklace has now been sold, however   we currently have a range of colour theory necklaces avaliable in our shop click here.

Grey Labradorite Necklace
Breaking the Boundaries Exhibition 2021

Breaking the Boundaries Exhibition 2021

Breaking the Boundaries Exhibition 2021

Coach House Gallery

Working with the theme breaking the boundaries, we created a piece sure to be a conversation point – our Adhibet earrings.

Made with kyanite, a gemstone which is resistant to thermal shock and often used in industrial ceramics to strengthen clay. Whilst it is not used in jewellery very often we think that it’s just gorgeous. Perfect for an exhibition on breaking the boundaries.

Hanging super long they create fabulous movement, showing off the layers of chains and the sparkles of the stones.

Made from 44cm of sterling silver chain they are perfect for an exhibition piece and definitely “breaking the boundaries”.

44cm long, kyanite gemstones, sterling silver chain, sterling silver ear hooks, £399.

Jade, Amazonite and Rose Quartz Waterfall Earrings

To the left is our new more wearable version of the adhibet earrings, still fabulously long and dangly at 7cms – just more practical.

These have now sold, but we can recreate a them with different stones and styles of chains. If you are interested in your own commissioning a version of these earrings, pop us a messgae at as@athenesholl.com .

Pass It Along Project – Spring 2019

Pass It Along Project – Spring 2019

Pass It Along Project- Spring 2019



This popular online exhibition – the pass it along project, sees jewellers from all over the world collaborating on pieces together and passing them on after each stage. Imagine a game of consequences but with jewellers. We worked on two pieces that we passed along, then got to keep the third one that we finished. This one was sent to us as a silver and copper piece, that we enhanced by adding the turquoise chip double strands and a handmade silver clasp.

Amethyst waterfall earrings

Amethyst waterfall earrings

Amethyst Waterfall Earrings

This pair of waterfall earrings features an understated colour mix of silver pearls and pale amethyst chunks.

Each stone is threaded independently onto a sterling silver navette chain with a handmade bobble wire – this allows each gem to move independently, creating fantastic movement.

If you like this style of earrings but would like to buy a ready made pair, look at our collection of waterfall earrings made from a variety of semi-precious stones.
Blue Turquoise Cascading Chain Earrings